By Ethan Colbert
Last month, authorities with the Pike County Circuit Court announced that a warrant had been issued for Carl “Phillip” Rosen, who is wanted in connection with what authorities are calling “deceitful business practices” and for “receiving stolen property.”
A $500,000 cash only bond has been set.
According to court records filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, authorities were first contacted in September 2015 by a homeowner who said he paid Rosen to do more than $16,000 of work on his home.
Rosen reportedly told the man to pay him for half of the cost to allow for supplies to be purchased.
Several weeks later, the man told authorities that he had become concerned that no work had been completed and called two local lumber yards to check to see if supplies had ever been ordered.
According to the lumber yard employees, Rosen had not placed any orders for the necessary supplies.
When the homeowner talked with Rosen, the former contractor said he could not pay the homeowner back because he no longer had the money.
When authorities met with Rosen in March 2016, he reportedly told them that someone had removed all the money from his account. He also told authorities that he did not file a police report regarding the money being taken from his account.
Then in December 2016, a second homeowner contacted authorities to report that Rosen Construction had been hired in September 30, 2016, to replace a roof and stain the interior walls of his home. The work had a price tag of $11,990 and the homeowner had paid Rosen for half of the cost upfront, according to bank records submitted to authorities.
Then, a week later, Rosen reportedly contacted the home owner and asked for another $1,500 as an advance on the work.
This too was paid.
As of December 2016, the work had not been done.
In December 2017, an officer with the City of Louisiana’s Police Department was contacted by a resident from that city who said that Rosen had been paid $2,943 for a paint job that was to have been completed earlier that fall.
When contacted by authorities, Rosen said he would repay the homeowner in two weeks.
According to electronic court records, Rosen never repaid the homeowner.
Rosen has also been cited with failing to do the work he was hired to do by a Bowling Green church congregation.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Rosen was hired in November 2015 to do some maintenance on the church sanctuary and structure. The work had not been completed by June 2016.
In a news release, authorities with the City of Bowling Green’s Police Department are seeking any other possible victims that might have done business with Rosen or his business, Rosen Construction.
They are also asking that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or who believe that they were victimized by Rosen to call the Bowling Green Police Department at 324-3200.
Detective Jeff Kaufman is handling the investigation for the municipal police department.